April 4, 2019
Dear TLW Member,
One of the topics of much discussion at our recently concluded convention was the Department of Revenue’s position regarding private events (link below). The Department has issued a guidance document for public comment until April 10th. It is the Department’s position that a liquor/beer license is not needed for a private event. This could have an impact on how many of our members do business.
When it becomes official, we will provide you with a detailed summary of the Department’s Fact Sheet and information for you to provide to your local elected officials as well as law enforcement regarding private events. We expect to have something shortly after April 10th and will get out ASAP. In the meantime, feel free to provide a copy of the Draft Fact Sheet to members as well as any other interested parties.
We will provide information to our members so they can decide if they want to adjust any of their licensed premise to follow the new Department guidelines for private events. As proposed, a private event is not required to follow any of the provisions of Chapter 125 including purchasing alcohol from a licensed wholesaler, closing hours or the state smoking ban to name a few.
The provisions of the draft fact sheet could change which is why we are waiting until after April 10th to determine what you may or may not do in hosting unlicensed private events. Thank you and we will be in contact soon after the Department approves the attached fact sheet.
Chris Marsicano, TLW President
Link to Draft Fact Sheet 3111